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27/05/2016

Renzi tells Merkel: ‘Budget flexibility was a promise’

People: Matteo Renzi


Euro & Finance 24-05-2016

Moscovici wants to make EU deficit rules more flexible

Pierre Moscovici, has said he hopes that all the EU’s excessive deficit procedures will be over by 2017. A change in the European deficit rules may be on the horizon. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 18-05-2016

Commission to punish Spain and Portugal, ‘pardon’ Italy, on deficits

Spain and Portugal will get only one extra year to fulfil EU fiscal rules on their defecits, once sanctions against both countries are adopted, while Italy will escape an infringement procedure, EurActiv.com has learned.
Trade & Society 11-05-2016

European Parliament unites against Chinese MES

In a move that could change the lines of the debate, the European Parliament’s left and right have united to oppose the Council and Commission over Chinese market economy status. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 11-05-2016

Foreign Affairs council may discuss controversial Afghan repatriation plan

Development ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday (12 May) may discuss a controversial proposal to repatriate some 80,000 Afghans to their homeland, it emerged Tuesday (10 May).

Juncker calls Brenner controls 'political catastrophe'

Austria imposing controls on its border with Italy would be a "political catastrophe" for Europe, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Saturday (7 May).
Elections 06-05-2016

Merkel warns of return to nationalism unless EU protects borders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (5 May) urged European leaders to protect EU borders or risk a "return to nationalism" as the continent battles its worst migration crisis since World War II.
Future EU 06-05-2016

Juncker on EU anniversary: We have too many part-time Europeans

The presidents of Europe's three main institutions yesterday (5 May) presented a bleak picture of the European Union, saying the 28-nation bloc lacked leadership and was descending into petty, nationalist politics.

MEPs urge Juncker to stand against Austria border fence

Leading MEPs have urged European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to take a position against Austria’s plans to erect a fence at its border with Italy, at the Brenner pass.

US backs NATO blockade of Libya to close refugee route

The United States yesterday (25 April) offered its backing for a NATO naval operation off Libya in support of a controversial Italian plan to close the Western Mediterranean refugee route to Europe.
Global Europe 26-04-2016

Obama says Putin undermines EU unity

US President Barack Obama said yesterday (25 April) that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is trying to undermine European unity, which he sees as a threat.

Merkel sees drop of refugees as an 'opportunity'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday (21 April) that fewer asylum seekers were now reaching European shores, giving EU nations a chance to shore up plans to protect the continent's outer borders.

Pittella: The ‘Trumps’ of Europe hamper cooperation on counter-terrorism

The blind illusion of some government that think they can tackle global threats unilaterally must be blamed for the lack of cooperation in Europe to fight terrorism and find a common response to solve the migration crisis, said S&D leader Gianni Pittella, in an interview with EurActiv.
Global Europe 25-03-2016

EU readies for massive migration flows from Libya

EU leaders will discuss the critical situation in Libya and potential waves of immigrants trying to reach Europe on 18 April, EurActiv Greece has been informed.
Euro & Finance 23-03-2016

Pervenche Berès: Eurozone budget carries a ‘strong political message’

Plans for a eurozone budget have progressed quickly in recent months. The European Parliament is finalising its proposals and two European Council summits will focus on the subject by the end of the year.
Security 23-03-2016

Italy calls for common European defence after Brussels attacks

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called Tuesday for a "European pact for freedom and security" following the attacks in Brussels claimed by the Islamic State group that killed around 35 people.

Global Europe 22-03-2016

Europe vows to defend democracy on 'black day'

European governments vowed today (22 March) to defend democracy against terrorism after blasts at Brussels airport and in the EU's institutional heart left at least 26 dead and dozens injured.

Hundreds of refugees march out of Greek camp, cross to Macedonia

Hundreds of migrants marched out of a Greek transit camp, hiked for hours along muddy paths and forded a rain-swollen river to get around a border fence and cross into Macedonia, where they were detained yesterday (14 March), authorities said.
Elections 25-02-2016

Renzi calls confidence vote on gay unions bill

The Italian government yesterday (24 February) called a confidence vote over hotly contested legislation on gay civil unions after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi watered down the bill to reach an accord in his ruling coalition.
Euro & Finance 23-02-2016

Italy wants EU bonds to fund refugee response

A common European Union policy to manage external borders and cope with the refugee crisis should be funded with common resources, including through the issuance of EU bonds, Italy said on Monday (22 February).
Future EU 22-02-2016

Italy's Renzi 'hungry' for change in Europe

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday (22 February) defended his score card after two years in power and said he was "hungry" to push on with reforms at home and in Europe.
Future EU 11-02-2016

Renzi attacks EU’s ‘therapeutic obstinacy’ with austerity

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has compared Europe's recent economic policies to administering drugs, in order to artificially prolong the life of a terminally ill patient.

Renzi compares EU to sinking Titanic’s orchestra

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has stepped up his war of words with Brussels by comparing the European Union to the orchestra that kept on playing as the Titanic sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic.

Welcoming Rouhani ignores human rights

Europe’s rapprochement with Iran will only prove damaging, as European leaders welcome the head of a regime that is guilty of violating basic human rights, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
Euro & Finance 29-01-2016

Renzi tells Merkel: 'Budget flexibility was a promise'

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi insisted on Friday that the EU's budget rules should be interpreted flexibly and that austerity should not be seen purely as an end in itself.